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General Stock Discussion / Re: Best request yet
« on: Yesterday at 14:38 »
How's this for a request? - (from the latest Alamy requests blog):

Porridge preferably in earthenware or stoneware shot from a front-on or horizontal perspective like below.

https://www.alamy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/P6J1EP.jpg

If the link doesn't work or you can't be bothered to open it, it shows a  tall bowl shot at precisely eye-level with a bunch of flowers sticking up above the edge. Now, I've made some lumpy porridge in my time, but porridge that rises to twice the height of the bowl containing it would be a heroic failure even by my standards.


LOL! 😀

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: Feedback for my own microstock website
« on: September 21, 2018, 07:43 »
I used bluehost in the past when I had a site selling my images. It was slow then, too, because there are many, many sites crammed onto their server. There are some things you may be able to do to speed it up a little, but if you dont pay the money for a better hosting plan or dedicated server, you might be stuck. I know I didnt want to spend the money for a better hosting plan, so I went with the basic plan. Its a dilemma...you dont want to spend the money if you arent going to make any back, but if you dont spend the money, the site is difficult for buyers to navigate.

Better hosting? Like what for example?


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Selling Stock Direct / Re: Feedback for my own microstock website
« on: September 21, 2018, 07:36 »
I used bluehost in the past when I had a site selling my images. It was slow then, too, because there are many, many sites crammed onto their server. There are some things you may be able to do to speed it up a little, but if you dont pay the money for a better hosting plan or dedicated server, you might be stuck. I know I didnt want to spend the money for a better hosting plan, so I went with the basic plan. Its a dilemma...you dont want to spend the money if you arent going to make any back, but if you dont spend the money, the site is difficult for buyers to navigate.

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There are 2,115 images, 22 pages shown as being for sale at this moment.
Now slightly off topic, I recently posted a shot of a wall in Verona that was covered in lovers messages and it was rejected as Non-Licensable Content (they do have many shots of the same subject for sale however). So how can you have shots of the items on this page, when it would be fair to say they are registered designs without any doubt. Any answers???


This has come up many times over the years. One theory is that people who do the reviewing are also photographers with portfolios and an image that is similar, so they reject it so theirs doesnt have competition. Or, as you said, they already have many shots of the same thing. Maybe the images just dont sell, so why keep accepting them? Who knows, their game, their rules.


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We already know Shutterstock doesnt care about this. They have allowed people to grab high resolution images through a hole in their code for a couple of years now. Plenty of threads on here about it. Its no problem for them...they dont care how they get sales. If 50 people steal your images and post them, thats 49 more revenue streams for them. You lose, but what do they care.

If you walk into a store and the shelves are not covered and locked, is that a permission to steal? The problem is the people that do this, not the agency trying to cover and lock things. As you know, watermarks or smaller samples change nothing, except making it more difficult for the thieves to alter and steal the images. No excuse but the ability to copy images is pretty much everywhere not just SS.

Now back to the sales/theft problem. If this person is stealing images and has been reported, why doesn't SS do something? And if I was one of the people who has my work on her portfolio, I'd be checking other agencies, because she's not just stealing these for one site. I considered messaging her on Linkedin and asking why she's an image thief and has no integrity. Nothing of mine is there, I don't feel right without solid evidence. So, if someone has found their work on her collection, please write to SS, please check other agencies, and report her!


You are comparing two different things, apples and oranges. If the store leaves their door unlocked, and somebody walks in and takes stuff, sure it is still theft, but responsibility still lies with the store for not securing the merchandise!
It is SSs responsibility to secure contributors digital files. Yes, of course its the thieves fault for stealing. But it is ALSO shutterstock's fault for not securing their site and allowing high rez images to be stolen because of a hole in their code, that can be fixed.


But I suspect you are just looking to argue. 😄 Buh bye.

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I can see all my accepted files in ESP but my portfolio is empty  ::)


Best thing to do is contact support. Or the better thing to do is not deal with them at all.

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We already know Shutterstock doesnt care about this. They have allowed people to grab high resolution images through a hole in their code for a couple of years now. Plenty of threads on here about it. Its no problem for them...they dont care how they get sales. If 50 people steal your images and post them, thats 49 more revenue streams for them. You lose, but what do they care.

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The carrots and peas amongst all the fine jewelry cracked me up. Maybe they are branching out?  :D  I dont have any jewelry images out there, but it did remind me that I do have some I could upload. Hope you can get their account deleted for infringement.

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General Photography Discussion / Re: Wemark
« on: September 15, 2018, 13:29 »
There is never an appropriate time to say 'I told you so'.
I can't believe anyone was foolish enough to submit anything to them based on the info they provided.
The risk of submitting stuff is/was fairly insignificant giving them hard earned cash for their magic beans is a completely different issue.


Didnt you send them high rez files of your portfolio? How is that insignificant?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Slow server
« on: September 15, 2018, 13:26 »
their dial up modems 14,400 kb speed have reached their limits  8)


😂

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Actually, you are just trying to get traffic to your site. Be honest.  ;)

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Off Topic / Re: Any pets?
« on: September 08, 2018, 07:03 »
My neighbor bought some kind of training collar that beeped and, I guess, shocked her dog every time it barked. So all day and night I got to hear the dog barking, followed by a series of incredibly annoying electronic beeps. It didn't work to curtail the barking, but now the noise was twice as annoying for neighbors and also drove the dog nuts. Just train your dog.


The humans need the shock collar, not the dogs. Shock collars are effective when used properly. You cant fix stupid. And dogs bark. If you dont want to hear your dog barking, dont get a dog. Simple fix, no training involved.


I know a person who had an invisible fence and shock collar on the dog. They lived on a cul-de-sac, but she didnt want the dog roaming the neighborhood. The dog got shocked twice, and that was it. The dog had the freedom to roam the yard to her hearts content. The dog only wore the collar when she went outside. It was a great solution for my friend.

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Off Topic / Re: Any pets?
« on: September 08, 2018, 05:37 »
Its usually the people not the pets that are the problem.


I agree. The point is to train the dog to respond to the noise so you dont have to use the shock, so yes, still training involved. But the same dog owners who love overshocking their dogs are the same ones who would chain them in the backyard, or use choke collars on them, etc. so theres all kinds of animal cruelty going on. 😥

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Off Topic / Re: Any pets?
« on: September 07, 2018, 09:07 »
Shock collars are just for lazy owners and unnecessarily cruel.

I would suggest any owner who wants to use one should wear it for a week and see how they feel


Dont equate humans with animals. Horse owners use electric fencing to contain horses, too. Same deal. They get shocked once or twice, and learn to stay away. The shock isnt any greater to them than it is to you when you walk across carpeting and touch metal and get zapped. Dont overdramatize. Though there are some stupid people in the world who could use a shock collar. Maybe Trump every time he sends out one of his stupid tweets. Though I doubt he would learn anything. Animals are more intelligent that way. 😄

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Off Topic / Re: Any pets?
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:54 »
I have seen the shock collar used in conjunction with invisible fencing around a yard. The collar emits an audible noise when the dog gets close. If it goes over the boundary, it gets a mild shock. It takes only a couple of shocks for the dog to learn to heed the noise, then the shock isnt even used. So yes, effective. But training classes are also good.

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Symbiostock - General / Re: Goodbye, Symbiostock
« on: August 29, 2018, 17:16 »
hi there, did i do something i shouldn't have? I saw this thread and just trying to learn from helpful people who have had experience with bluehost since I have them to and trying to decide to build a stock site there or not.
if new members are not allowed to ask questions on posts over a certain time period please let me know so i'm not making a problem anywhere.
thanks;)


Why wouldnt you just start a new thread and ask about bluehost? Are you building a symbiostock site? See the confusion?

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I like the style of them, I can see them being usable, especially for textures, but yes, you need a lot more diversity in your portfolio. I love nature, too, so they appeal to me personally, but as a graphic designer, very limited use.

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Dreamstime.com / Re: My stuff free on DT -- I did NOT approve!
« on: August 22, 2018, 07:11 »
I was thinking that most all the sites had a clause in the terms that said they can use any image for promotion. You might check the user agreement for that.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Lowest commission on Adobe now 25 cents?
« on: August 21, 2018, 19:05 »
I haven't seen that - I just checked a few pages of sales and 31 cents is the lowest I see.

Is it possible that they've somehow messed up your account's status and you're set back to the 25% commission level by mistake? I'd contact support to ask as it might be some sort of error.


Thanks Jo Ann. You are probably at a higher rank than silver, which would explain your 31 cents as opposed to my 25% (25 cents).

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Adobe Stock / Re: Lowest commission on Adobe now 25 cents?
« on: August 21, 2018, 19:02 »
For months and months now the lowest commission I have gotten from Adobe is 29 cents. Today I got a 25 cent commission. Race to the bottom? Discounting and making the contributor pay for it? Has anyone else had this? 😞

The minimum payment of .29 you referenced is based on subscriptions and is determined on your rank.

The commission you noted was a Fotolia based credit sale which is paid a percentage based on your rank and the number of credits the customer used to purchase the file. The customer purchased an XS file for 1 credit. Your rank is silver so your commission % on credits sales is 25%. This has not changed in many years.

https://us.fotolia.com/Info/Contributors/Royalties

-Mat


Thanks for the explanation Mat. I think its a year+ since I have been back to Fotolia/Adobe. If I get one of these once a year, I cant complain. Most all of my other commissions have been good, so...

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Adobe Stock / Lowest commission on Adobe now 25 cents?
« on: August 21, 2018, 17:23 »
For months and months now the lowest commission I have gotten from Adobe is 29 cents. Today I got a 25 cent commission. Race to the bottom? Discounting and making the contributor pay for it? Has anyone else had this? 😞

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Off Topic / Re: Woot! Published.
« on: August 16, 2018, 14:57 »

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Off Topic / Re: Woot! Published.
« on: August 15, 2018, 14:10 »
The print copy will be available on Kindle in a day or so :)


Sweet! I will check back.

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Off Topic / Re: Woot! Published.
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:51 »
I havent set it up for print yet, sorry! I hopefully will get that done in the next day or so (different format, different artwork, etc).


No worries! I will check back. Sorry, I just like the smell and feel of real books. Libraries are heavenly! I spend entirely too much time on my ipad as it is. 😲

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